New York Giants fans can breathe a collective sigh of relief, because it looks like Victor Cruz is staying in the Big Apple. At least for one more year.
That is according to a report from ESPN's Josina Anderson. Her report states Cruz intends to sign a one-year tender agreement, worth $2.879 million, to remain with the Giants.
The move will keep Cruz a restricted free agent. However, it gives both the player and the franchise additional room and time to negotiate fresh terms on a longer contract.
This is a massive boost to the Giants offense. Cruz is vital to Big Blue's passing game. He is the X-factor against all types of underneath coverage.
With Cruz on the field, opposing teams have to respect his ability to produce a huge gain on any play. When he aligns in the slot, his speed and knack for stretching the deep middle zones, draws safety attention.
That leaves fellow star wide receiver Hakeem Nicks often facing single coverage on the outside. That gives the Giants pass attack an obvious matchup advantage against any defense.
Washington Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo is aiming to be named this season's NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Orakpo declared he is targeting the award in an article by USA Today's Jim Corbett.
It is a bold ambition for Orakpo, but one still within his reach. He missed 14 games in 2012 due to a torn pectoral muscle and has been rehabbing throughout the offseason.
According to Corbett, the rehab is clearly paying dividends, as Orakpo has impressed in OTAs. When healthy, he is an extremely talented pure pass-rusher.
Orakpo is the one player on the Redskins defense opponents should tailor their blocking schemes towards. As a rookie in 2009, he tallied 11 sacks and followed that with 8.5 in 2010.
Orakpo posted nine sacks in 2011 and his edge-rushing skill was clearly missed last season. Without Orakpo, the Redskins lacked a credible and consistent pass rush.
Monte Kiffin can be the x-factor that wins the Dallas Cowboys the NFC East division in 2013. The ageing defensive guru will be the Cowboys' secret weapon against Robert Griffin III and Chip Kelly.
Griffin savaged the East as a rookie in 2012, helping the Washington Redskins claim the division crown. The key to his success was a read-option, pistol offense that maximized Griffin's dual-threat skills.
His ability to make plays with his arm and his feet, stretched defenses to breaking point. In particular, Griffin dominated the Cowboys.
He helped the Redskins best their arch rivals twice. One of those wins was a 38-31 victory in Dallas on Thanksgiving. Griffin hurled four touchdown passes and baffled the Cowboys defense.
It is no coincidence that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones turned to senior citizen Kiffin to run his defense. Jones saw a glimpse of what Griffin could do to the Cowboys twice a season for the next decade.
He also knows how well Kiffin has stifled dual-threat quarterbacks in the past. He made his reputation running the smothering Tampa Bay Buccaneers defenses of the late nineties and early noughties.
It seems as if it's so far, so good in the early relationship between Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Michael Vick and his new Head Coach, Chip Kelly.
The former Oregon Coach is seen by many to be Vick's last chance to make a serious impact in the NFL, before the league cuts ties with him altogether. He appears to be tailor-made for the fast-paced Kelly offense as he looks to make the transition from the College ranks to the National Football League. It seems to be a favourable situation for both parties.
Providing Vick wins the job, of course.
Kelly has made no secret of the fact this off-season there is a serious Quarterback competition in Philly. As we enter the second week of Organised Team Activities, that was all too evident. It seems that last week's impressive display from Vick during OTA's was not enough for Kelly to announce him as the team's number one option going into the season. What's more, during Tuesday's practice, it was Nick Foles who took the majority of snaps on the first day this week, giving Vick a clear indication that it will take a lot of hard work if he is to win the job he has called his own for the best part of four seasons.
The New York Giants are interested in signing ageing defensive back Charles Woodson, according to a report from ESPN's Josina Anderson. The Giants need help in the secondary and Woodson is still without a team, after being released by the Green Bay Packers.
He may have lingered on the league's scrap heap this offseason, but Woodson can still be an asset to any secondary. Even at 36, he has retained the coverage skills that made him a premier cornerback during the peak of a career that began in 1998.
The Giants are not particularly well-stocked at the edges of their defensive backfield. Veteran Corey Webster is a declining force on one side. Over on the other, 2011 first-rounder Prince Amukamara has struggled to convince.
The G-Men did bring back Aaron Ross in free agency, but he is more of a nickel corner. Woodson offers far greater versatility.
Not only would he boost the cornerback rotation, he would also be able to fill in at safety. He moved to free safety for the Packers in 2012.